An archive is a repository of institutional records and historic materials. At the Williams College Archives, these include:
- Personal letters from Ephraim Williams, Jr.
- Minutes of the meetings of the Board of Trustees
- Blueprints of campus buildings
- Historic photographs
- Student theses
- … and much more!
Unlike a library, most of the material in an archive is unique and irreplaceable. For this reason, there are special policies governing access to the materials.